Food, glorious food.
Oceania’s claim to serve the finest cuisine at sea is not exaggerated. We have cruised with 12 other lines and the food on Riviera surpassed them all. Choice, presentation and quality was exceptional in the open seating Grand Dining Room, Terrace Buffet and four speciality restaurants for which there is no additional charge. Room service is also complimentary.
In the buffet, food was served to you by friendly, cheerful staff and one of the many waiters would carry your food to the table if you wished and always poured water and brought tea and coffee. In addition to the dishes on display, which always included a carvery roast, there was also a grill area where lobster, giant prawns, swordfish, salmon, various steaks and chops were always available and cooked to order.
Spacious, comfortable and sufficient storage. Bulgari toiletries.
Well maintained by steward.
The ship's shuttle took us into the centre from where it was easy to find landmarks and visit the art nouveau market hall crammed with fresh local produce of every type.
Having previously visited Florence we took an independent tour to the ancient walled city of Lucca for 2.5 hours followed by 1.5 hours in Pisa. Timings for both of these was perfect and gave plenty of time at each.
Sea conditions unfavourable for tendering in Portofino. Ship docked in Genoa instead.
We independently caught train and ferry to Portofino at a cost of £23 as we particularly wanted to see this idyllic port.